I am deeply offended by what appears to be persistent and pervasive anti-Semitism in and around the Labour Party. While Jeremy is not himself anti-Semitic, he has allowed himself to become the poster boy of anti-Semites everywhere. This is not the new politics.
The first step in solving a problem is to recognise that one exists. Jeremy needs to do that and to clearly disassociate himself from those who continue to preach anti-Semitism. Acting to stop the counter-protest against the complaints of the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council would be a good start.
Criticism of the policies of Israel is of course legitimate and no-one is denying that – I am a regular critic of the Israeli Government’s actions. But that criticism should be and can be far more nuanced than so many are making it; just as not every Muslim is a terrorist, not every Jewish person is a Netanyahu-supporting Zionist.
The Chakrabarti Report was the moment when we could have really tackled the problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but it was a failure. We now have to seriously reconsider holding another inquiry but this time headed by a person – not necessarily themselves Jewish – who the Jewish community can have faith in to take the problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party seriously.